Wales face France for place in World Cup semi-finals

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    Try – Wales 0-5 France

    Sebastien Vahaamahina

  2. ‘A glimpse of what the French can do’

    Wales 0-0 France

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    A glimpse of the French and what they can do do off poor kicking from the Welsh. Get the ball into the seats of the stands – do not give the likes of Ntamac, Fickou, Huget an opportunity. That’s a message they’ve got to get across to the Welsh team – get that exit right.

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    Wales 0-0 France

    Wales survive by the skin of their teeth. And the brilliance of Justin Tipuric.

    The flanker secures a turnover as Damian Penaud threatens to go over.

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    Wales 0-0 France

    Scrappy passage of play in midfield. Romain Ntamack’s chip is half charged down, but Yoann Huget hacks on and Wales are suddenly in trouble…

    George North scurries back to clear up in the shadow of his own posts.

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    Wales 0-0 France

    Dan Biggar sets Maxime Medard – he of JPR sideburns – his first aerial test as Wales run down a couple of cul-de-sacs and lose some of that initial go-forward.

    The kick is overcooked though. Or the chase is under-manned. Either way it is a comfortable catch for Medard, who calls the mark and hoofs up towards halfway.

  6. Wales are immediately on the front foot as France number eight Gregory Alldritt spills the kick-off.

    Ball and momentum just outside the blue 22m…

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    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Is there are a nightclub that plays La Marseillaise as its last song of the night?

    There should be.

    Can you imagine heading off for your chips and night bus with that tune ringing in your ears. You would probably run home instead.

    Right, Kick off next.

    French rugby fans

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  8. ‘I’m going for a draw!’

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I’m losing confidence with Jonathan Davies out… I’m going for a draw!

  9. Pensive Gatland takes it all in

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales at Oita Stadium

    Warren Gatland always cuts quite a pensive figure before a match, quietly wandering around the pitch in his suit while his players go through their warm-up exercises.

    He seldom speaks, instead letting his assistants arrange the drills and encouraging the players to lead the team talks themselves.

    This could also be the last time Gatland takes his thoughtful stroll before a big Wales game.

    The New Zealander will step down as head coach at the end of the World Cup and, while you watch him now, you get the impression he is savouring every last moment of his final campaign.

    Warren Gatland

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  10. ‘Now or never for Wales’

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Tom Shanklin

    Former Wales international on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I’m getting nervous! We thought 2011 was the best chance the Wales team was going to get to get to a World Cup final and maybe win it. You look at what Warren Gatland has done with this team and you think – it’s now or never.

  11. Teams in the tunnel

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Alun Wyn Jones has the blinkers on. The Wales captain strides to brink of the tunnel without even a sideways glance at opposite number Guilhem Guirado.

    Large swathes of red await them in the stands in Oita.

    Here come the drums. And here come the teams…

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  13. The team behind the team

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Wales backroom staff

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    Behind every team at this World Cup there are a legion of backroom staff making sure that when the 23 players in the matchday squad press stud to sod, they have the best possible chance of winning.

    This week BBC Sport Wales met the men and women in the background of Wales’ World Cup tilt.

    Including the inimitable Paul ‘Bobby’ Stridgeon.

    Video content

    Video caption: Paul Stridgeon the master linguist
  14. Support from across the divide

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

  15. ‘The Welsh have to be favourites’

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Maxime Medard

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    What is French for ‘rope-a-dope’?

    Full-back Maxime Medard has been talking up the opposition’s chances ahead of this quarter-final.

    “If we don’t raise our level, the Welsh are going to ride all over us,” he said.

    “The Welsh have to be favourites. The team has been one of the best in the world for several years.”

    But hang on. What is this?

    “We’re instinct players. When it comes to consistency, we’re clearly not the best. But for a long time, the French XV, French players, have shown they’re capable of competing with anyone in one match, of surpassing ourselves,” he added.

    Ding-ding! Cliche bingo winner!

  16. ‘You cannot underestimate France’

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Tom Shanklin

    Former Wales international on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Jacques Brunel

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    There always seems to be issues with the French team, whoever they or the coaches are, but they’re a quality team and you cannot underestimate them. They’re going to bring it physically for the first 20-25 minutes, there’s no doubt about that. Looking at them now you can see a visible size difference, especially in the packs. They’ve got some huge units. Whether they can last the full 80 or not, we’ll see.

  17. ‘France have an incredible array of talent’

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live


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    You can’t escape the fact that this French side have an incredible array of talent throughout their team. Is it the right time for them, for these players? Probably not – but they are going to be dangerous. They have the ability to score from absolutely anywhere and have the power up front.

    With a bit of disharmony, sometimes there’s stored a bit of danger.

  18. Onsen, clothes off

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Hadleigh Parkes

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    Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes has been describing how he and his team-mates have been embracing Japanese culture and losing their clothes.

    “The onsens seem to be the big attraction in Oita and nearby Beppu, where we were staying for the Fiji game,” he writes in his latest BBC Wales Sport column..

    “The big difference between these hot springs and the ones you might see elsewhere in the world is that Japanese convention dictates that, in most onsens, you’ve got to be naked.

    “The boys started off in the onsens with their shorts on, then they got down to their budgie smugglers and now everyone’s in the nude.”

  19. Back in France…

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Antoine Dupont's brother and mother

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    France’s scrum-half Antoine Dupont is from Castelnau-Magnoac – deep in traditional French rugby country.

    His brother Clement Dupont and their mother Marie-Pierre Dupont posed for this shot earlier this week.

    You can practically hear the Manon des Sources theme playing in the background.

  20. Team news

    Wales v France (08:15 BST)

    Antoine Dupont

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    France have made five changes from the side that defeated Tonga in their last match a fortnight ago.

    Scrum-half Antoine Dupont had been troubled by a back problem but will take his place alongside half-back partner Romain Ntamack.

    The starting side consists of 14 players from their opening win against Argentina with the only change being lock Bernard Le Roux, starting instead of Arthur Iturria.

    France: Medard; Penaud, Vakatawa, Fickou, Huget; Ntamack, Dupont; Poirot, Guirado (capt), Slimani, Le Roux, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Ollivon, Alldritt.

    Replacements:Chat, Baille, Setiano, Gabrillagues, Picamoles, Serin, Lopez, Rattez.

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